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Tuesday 12 May 2015

Matthew Shepard Foundation Wins

Jazz artist Elaine and her many friends in the music world joined forces May 3rd in Chicago, to host “Music for Matthew:” A Benefit for The Matthew Shepard Foundation 

Elaine, along with Mark Colby, Eric Schneider, Russ Phillips, Art Davis, Bill Overton, Peter Lerner, Chris Bernhardt, Tom Hope, Joel Kelsey, Tommy Muellner, Dan Chase, Jeremy Kahn, Jeannie Tanner, Jeannie Lambert, Aylon Samouha, Terry Bartolotta, Rob Block, Scott  Hesse, Robert Rodi, Arlene Bardell, Amy Cole, Paul Marinaro, Rose Colella, Sabina, Alyssa Allgood, Hinda Hoffman, Keri Johnsrud, Libby York, Shara Maxwell, Vanessa Stewart, Anthony Crevelli, Edith Castro, Carla Gordon, Johnny Bash, Marinia DeFrisco and Ty Cooper, sang and played, well into the evening at Chicago’s Southport and Irving. (SIP)

It was such a fun and festive evening! They raised 1575.00 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998; the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.

It is allies to the LGBTQ community, like Elaine, who really make an impact. I was introduced to Elaine, years ago by my best friend, Mark. Our idea of a perfect night out is wherever Ms. Dame is singing! You can see Elaine at her weekly residence in Chicago at SIP and a bi-monthly residency at the 720 Lounge at the Hilton Chicago. Her current schedule is updated frequently at www.elainedame.com

Elaine’s new album, "You're My Thrill!” is available on iTunes

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Spring Awakening: Fighting Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem, all over the country. Thankfully, groups like the life restoring work of Interfaith House; a 64-bed interim housing respite care center, which provides help to Illinois’ ill and injured homeless adults. IFH helps to restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.  They provide bold solutions, not band-aids, to the problem of homelessness.

Join the city of Chicago’s young professionals, Friday, May 8th, as they celebrate the warmer weather and raise money and awareness for homelessness at “Spring Awakening!

Join the IFH Junior Board from 7-10pm at Waterhouse Tavern and Grille, conveniently located in Lakeview at 3407 N Paulina, adjacent to the Paulina Brown Line Stop. For $30 at the door, you support the mission of www.InterfaithHouse.org, and get three hours of call drinks from the bar. Start the season and night off right, have a few drinks with friends and support at great cause. 

Spring Awakening”: An evening of cocktails and classy-community-cuties.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 2 Feb 2015

Home Run For The Homeless!

The IFH Junior Board is hosting a cocktail benefit in Chicago at Wang's Saturday, February 7th! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, they're raising funds to serve a heart-filled dinner to the residents of Interfaith House (www.InterfaithHouse.org) on the 14th.

They need our help, to make that special! Join them from 8p-12a Feb. 7th at Wang's (3317 N. Broadway) $5 at the door.

More About Interfaith House:

IFH provides medical respite care for homeless men and women in medical recovery. This 64-bed center on Chicago’s West Side, offers interim housing and support to ill and injured homeless adults who would otherwise lack a stable and safe place to heal. IFH also provides social support services that are critical to helping homeless individuals return to health and to break the debilitating cycle of homelessness. www.interfaithhouse.org

Lets help our friends at IFH impact the community!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 20 Jan 2015

The Art of Community

ap[ART[ is a one night art show, exhibiting thirty artistic originals of Chicago artist Erik Soso. Hosted by NBC Chicago’s Wayne Johnson. All proceeds to benefit UNICEF, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

See Erik Sosa’s new art show, ap[ART] at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.) on January 24th 2015 from 6 to 10PM. The museum’s galleries will stay open after hours for this special event. This new collection of paintings features thirty new original works by the artist as he celebrates 10 years of creativity and philanthropic endeavors.

Having moved Chicago to Wisconsin six years ago after adopting two boys from Guatemala with his partner, Erik has been busy building and expanding his brand nationwide. His passion for art is carried over to his passion of supporting the non-profit community, especially in the mid-west. 

Erik considers ap[ART] to be a labor of love as he views this art show as an experience to be had by the viewing public. His collection is a true reflection of his evolution from partner to father and from city mouse to country mouse. This unique one night experience is not to be missed as 100% of the proceeds at the door will be evenly distributed among all three organizations. 

For more information about the ap[Art] or to reserve a ticket to the event, please log on to ErikSosa.com. or call 773-255-5068.

Community Art!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 15 Jan 2015

Buddy Up

Best Friends

Each year, the 1L class of the John Marshall Law School holds a fundraiser benefitting a non-profit of their choice. This year, Best Buddies. was chosen as the recipient of this years benefit.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.(IDD)

Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — positively impact nearly 800,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $168 million dollars.

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information on the great work of Best Buddies, go to www.bestbuddies.org

Join the students of John Marshall Law School in reaching their goal of $5,000! You can contribute simply via their Go Fund Me page here.

Community!
Bill Pritchard

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